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Welcome to Week 4 of my Health and Weight Loss Dairy!

 

I’ve now basically done an entire month of my little self-created regime to cure my IBS (and along with it my other chronic health conditions) and lose over 50lbs.

 

As you might guess by the title, I’m a little frustrated at my lack of progress, despite as far I can tell I’m doing nothing wrong! (More on that later…)

 




 

I know the first two weeks contained some really useful snippets of information but agin because I haven’t learnt anything new and helpful this week this post will just be my dairy entry.

 

You can check out the entries here:

How to make bone broth that is actually drinkable (Week 1 of Health and Weight Loss Diary)

How to stop IBS-D in it’s tracks! (Week 2 of Health and Weight Loss Diary)

One step forward, two steps back…(Week 3 of Health and Weight Loss Diary)

 

This week I'm so frustrated at my lack of progress in improving my IBS and losing weight. Just got to keep going because, on the plus side, nothing got worse!!!

Health and Weight Loss Diary

 

Because this is my diary it will be shorter than normal posts and you can find the details of why I started this diary right here. Curing my chronic health conditions is my main priority, particularly my IBS and leaky gut. While the weight loss is more of an added bonus, but nonetheless something I’ve been trying to achieve for a while!

 

Let’s Check Those Numerical Stats:

 

(The first number was my week 3 stat and the second number is where I am now…)

Weight: 182.6lbs –> 181lbs

Bodyfat Percentage: 35.1% –> 35.7%

Right Arm: 12.5in –> 12.5in

Left Arm: 12.5in –> 12.5in

Chest: 42in –> 41in

Waist: 34in –> 34in

Hips: 44in –> 43in

Ass: 46.5in –> 46.5in

Right Thigh: 25in –> 26in

Left Thigh: 25.5in –> 26in

 

So that’s….

  • 1.6 pounds lost
  • 0.6% body fat percentage gained
  • 1/2 total inch lost

 

Because I have hit the fourth week let’s check out the stats since I started:

  • 12.6 pounds lost
  • 0.4% body fat percentage lost
  • 10 total inch lost

 

Okay I know I said I was super frustrated at my lack of progress, but seeing how far I’ve actually come in the last 4 weeks is really reassuring me that what I’m doing is doing something!

 

 

Do I Feel Any Better?

 

Sure the stats above are nice to look at, but my main focus is on fixing my IBS.

 

This week, IBS wise, has been pretty stable. I am very frustrated at my lack of progress, but at the same time I need to remind myself that it hasn’t gotten worse this week, which is a big win!

 

After the failures of last week, I was so confused whether dairy, fat or something else entirely had caused my IBS to take a good few steps back.

 

Well this week I have gone to town on the dairy (think healthy milkshakes galore) and I would have to say that it doesn’t appear to be aggravating it.

 

Now that’s not to say the dairy isn’t the reason why my IBS hasn’t improved of course. But when pretty much all vegetables seem to make it worse, it’s real nice to have something other than meat and fish to eat!

 

I also tried out a heavy fat meal (literally identical to the one my stomach seemed to hate last week) and it seemed okay after. So I’m ever more confused than I was before…

 

However after rereading my diary entries and comparing them to now, I can certainly say my IBS is a lot better. I think in my mind it doesn’t seem better because it’s still very unpredictable. But considering I was having awful flare ups 6 out of 7 days per week and now it’s only about 2 out of 7 days each week that is actually an incredible improvement. I just never know when the awful flare up is going to happen…

 

Just to clarify I am yet to have a ‘normal’ stomach day.

 

I have a four level scale that I use to track each day, with four being completely normal and one being absolutely terrible diarrhoea. In the first week of my regime it was mainly ones and twos, yet now it’s mainly twos and threes, so an excellent improvement!

 

 

Going Forward…

 

Having just written this entry, and reflecting on how far I’ve come over the four weeks (rather than how little I’ve progressed in the last week) I’m feeling a lot better about it all and feeling extremely confident to continue!

 

I have now created a better tracking system. Originally I was just writing about how I was feeling and anything that came up, but now I am tracking every single thing in a spreadsheet (including when I wake up, when I sleep, how much I drink, what I eat and when, my IBS symptoms, any other chronic health condition symptoms, literally everything!)

 

Hopefully this will make it much easier to spot patterns and notice if certain things are aggravating my body.

 

I’ve also been a bit concerned over my lack of weight loss. With what I’m eating, and I’m working out each day, I should be losing weight quite easily but I’m not. Therefore I have ordered a book on hormones because I think there might be something not quite right there.

 

About two years ago when I was working with a nutritionist I did a hormone test that showed I was extremely oestrogen dominant. Considering I haven’t really had any health improvements since then I would imagine this to still be the case so I want to read up on it!

 

And as I was writing that last sentence my book was delivered, so catch you guys next week, I’ve got some reading to do!